Ascent to peak Bishorn 4153m
A road trip in Europe throught FYROM, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Italy, Switzerland and France, ascent to Bishorn 4153m
14/7/2012 - 25/7/2012
Saturday 14 July 2012 : Elati - Zagreb
It was still night (3:00) when we left from Elati for our trip to Europe. Our team were two cars with 9 members of climbing club of Pili (OPOP). We crossed Skopje (FYROM) and the long Serbia pass through Belgrad. We were in Zagreb the capital of Croatia in the afternoon. We had a walk in the beautiful city of Zagreb.
Sunday 15 July 2012 : Zagreb - Grimentz
We departed early in the morning from Zagreb and we crossed Slovenia and north Italy form Trieste - Venice - Milano and we entered into Switzerland pass form Simplon pass to Visp. Finally late at night we reached Anniviers valley. It took us lot of time to find a place to stay for the night.We found out a hostel in the center of Grimentz, but it was quite expensive compared to the quality.
Monday 16 July 2012: Zinal - Refuge Cabana du Traciut
In the morning we left from Grimentz towards Zinal the last village of the valley. On the upper side of the village there is a small parking for the cars. From the parking starts the path Tracuit. All together we departed our trek to refuge at 10:20. Path was in good condition. First leads straight up and after had some long traverse the steep slopes and reach some alpine grass area in about 2600m altitude. Finally the path cross some rocky fields and that is a 10 meters easy pass via-ferrata a hundred meters before the refuge Cabana du Tracuit at 3260m (16:20). Trek took us 6 hours in total. Refuge is built close to the glacier. Attention! There is no water in the hut for drinking or washing your hands and the cost is high, about 10 euros to buy one and a half liter of water.The behavior of the refuge keeper was unacceptable and it would be much better to stay in tents if we knew it before. We spend the afternoon having nice glimpses from the surround mountains. The dinner at the refuge was really bad.
Tuesday 17 July 2012: Cabana du Tracuit - Bishorn 4153m - Zinal - Chamonix
Finally in the summit team were Lakis, Thanasis, Sotiris and me. We departed at 5 o'clock in the morning to cross the glacier. The first part of the route was easy without inclination. Glacier has no visible crevansses althought there were a few hidden by the fresh snow. Sotiris got very tired and decide to return alone at the altitude of about 3700m. There were many small groups climbing to Bishorn this day.Higher it was very windy and cold, such the ascent got more difficult. We reached the summit of Bishorn at 9:00. After having a break for a half an hour on the summit we returned back with a fast tempo. We reached the refuge at 10:40 where we meet Sotiri who crossed the glacier solo. After having a short rest in the refuge we continued the trek to Zinal where we reach it at 15:30. Here the team was divided. Me,Thalia,John and Alexandra drove to Chamonix. We stayed in the beautiful camping Ile les Barrats located only 15 minutes walk from the center of Chamonix. The other members of OPOP stayed two more nights in Zinal and drove back to Greece.
Wednesday 18 July 2012: Chamonix
We spent the day walking and resting in Chamonix.
Thursday 19 July 2012: Lake Lac d' Emosson
Our plan was to take the teleferik to Aiguille du Midi but due to strong wind, teleferiks remaind close all day. Such we traveled to Lac d' Emosson, a lake in Switzerland but near to the France borders. The lake is located on 1960 meters altitude.
Friday 20 July 2012: Chamonix - Como Lake
We left from Chamonix early in the morning and we passed through Martigny, Brig, Visp an over Fourka pass on 2429 m. After many turns of the road we descent to Realp and we passed over Gotthard pass (2106m) to Italy (Airolo). After a long day of driving we passed from Lugano and reached Como lake. Late in evening we found out a camping in Lenno village near Como lake and stayed there for the night. The road around the lake was very narrow and dangerous.
Saturday 21 July 2012: Como - Krk island (Croatia)
In the morning we reached the city of Como where we had a walk for a few hours. We continued driving to Verona - Venice - Trieste. We continued crossing for a few distance Slovenia and we reached the coast of Croatia. Late at night we crossed the big bridge that connects the mainland of Croatia with Krk island. We camped in Krk village the capital of Krk island in the south part of the island.
Sunday 22 July 2012: Krk island (Croatia)
The day was very windy and cold. It was impossible for us go swimming in those conditions, such we drove around the villages of the island and walked many hours in the narrow roads of Krk.
Monday 23 July 2012: Krk - Belgrade
Due to strong winds the bridge that connects Krk island with the mainland of Croatia was closed. We had to wait a few hours to open and some more hours in queue in order to pass in mainland of Croatia and continue our trip to Belgrade. In the afternoon we finally were in the capital of Serbia, Belgrade. We found a nice hotel in the center in reasonable price. We had a walk in the very beautiful center of Belgrade.
Tuesday 24 July 2012: Belgrade
We spent all day walking around Belgrade. We walked in Kalemegdan garden and war museum. There is very nice view to Duna and Sava rivers from the garden. We crossed the bridge and pass to the other side of the city. Belgrade is a very nice city with many parks.
Wednesday 25 July 2012: Belgrade - Elati
We left from Belgrade very early in the morning. We crossed the green fields of corn plantation of Serbia and crossing FYROM we reached Greece. It took us about 12 hours of almost continue driving to reach Elati.
||The team of Climbing Club of Pili (OPOP): Nikolas Kroupis, Thalia Tsardidou, Giannis Psyrras, Alexandra Lampadariadou, Lakis Koufograzos, Thanasis Koutsogiannis, Sotiri Mpasdekis, Periklis Vasiliou, Aristidis Antaras
|Cost of the trip
|Petrol / Tolls (per person)
|Refuge in Bishorn
|Hostel in Grimentz (per person)
|Hotel in Belgrad (double)
|Camping in Chamonix
|Total trip cost per person
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